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Quick, Easy Holiday Gift Ideas

Let's keep it simple. If that's your motto, here are some convenient tips for filling stockings and buying gifts, without breaking the bank or taking too much time.

1.) Gift Cards: They're easy and the folks actually love getting them. OK, they're a little impersonal, but they allow people to choose the exact item they want at a favorite store. CVS makes this really easy, offering a range of gift cards. Get your shopping done in under 10 minutes. Now that's a deal. [Localize with business directory]

2.) Lottery Tickets: You heard right. The Florida Lottery even has a special edition scratch ticket series that it is promoting as stocking stuffers. Better make a deal with the recipient in advance should the purchase hit the jackpot. [Localize with link to a Patch zipcode listing the Florida Lottery retail sites in your community.]

3.) Virtual Shopping: As long as you don't make any detours along the Internet highway, virtual shopping can be quick and painless. Though the big day is drawing near, some retailers are still offering free shipping to boot.

4.) Virtual Holiday Card: For the cheapskates among us, there's always the option of shooting out a holiday card across the Internet. They're fun to receive since most are like little cartoons. Many are free. There's not a much better deal than that.

5.) Magazine Subscriptions: This painless approach to gift-giving allows folks to get a gift all year round. The subscriptions often are about $25 or less. As long as you have the recipient's address, you can handle the whole thing on the Internet. Just make sure there's a place to add a gift card message, or let your friend or relative know that the magazine is on its way.

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